In the entracte between world wars, Stevens is the perfect English butler at the estate of the politically-inclined Lord Darlington. Stevens's obsessively dutiful, thoroughly unsentimental way of life is challenged with the arrival of the new housekeeper Miss Kenton, who is as spirited as she is capable. Stevens's myopic worldview, his unequivocal loyalty to his master, comes to blows with Miss Kenton's sense of moral outrage as Lord Darlington is made an unwitting Nazi pawn. While England wavers between "peace in our time" appeasement and war against Hitler, Darlington Hall becomes the fulcrum upon which the fate of the continent rests and Stevens, who has spent his adult life more concerned with attending to his master than with attending to his own personal happiness, begins to awaken to the possibility of a relationship with Miss Kenton.

  • PG
  • 134 min
  • 1993
  • USA
  • English/French/German
  • Directed by James Ivory
  • James Fox,
  • Anthony Hopkins,
  • Christopher Reeve,
  • Emma Thompson

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